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The Map Room

Not Rated.
The Map RoomThe Map Room

Taps: 27 / Bottles: 230
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
BA SCORE
98
world-class

265 Ratings
Ratings: 265
Reviews: 214
rAvg: 4.45
pDev: 9.89%
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar ]

1949 N Hoyne Ave
Chicago, Illinois, 60647-4560
United States
phone: (773) 252-7636

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @maproomtavern

Notes:
CASH ONLY (as of June 2009)
ATM on premise

Hours:
Monday - Friday: 6:30 am - 2:00 am
Saturday: 7:30 am - 3:00 am
Sunday: 11:00 am - 2:00 am
No alcohol served before 11:00am.
Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.

(Place added by: jackndan)
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kensuthe

Louisiana

4.8/5  rDev +7.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$

Atmosphere - The Map Room has the feel of a dark, comfy neighborhood taproom on steroids. The room is somewhat narrow without feeling cramped, with the bar following most of the right side of the room, tables following most of the left side, and pool tables and more seating towards the back. Expect to see a lot of wood in the architecture, and windows interspersed with old magazines and documentation along the outside-facing wall. Chalkboards over the top of the bar tell you what's on tap, what's new in bottles, and what specials are available on a given day of the week. The rest of the upper area is full of bottles and bar schwag, with shelves full of glassware and an industrial coffee machine on the wall behind the bar. The beer coolers are off to the side behind the bar, heading towards where the kegs are stored. The restrooms are located to the left of where the bar ends. The map room doesn't serve food, only drinks.

Quality - The beverages are served in the proper glassware and at the proper temperatures. I have yet to get anything from either the tap or the bottle here that wasn't exactly how it should have been.

Service - The service is good, even though the place can be packed to capacity. One slight complaint is that it can get a little loud and the bartender might have a little trouble hearing your order. There are usually several bartenders working at any given time later in the evening. And even though not all bartenders are created equal, they all do a pretty good job here.

Selection - The draft selection clocks in at somewhere around 20 to 30 beers available, but from my experience I'd say they have a high turnover on their taps. The bottle selection fills up the entire back side of the laminated beer menu, with close to 250 options sorted alphabetically by brewery. There are often cask-conditioned options, monthly and weekly specials, and new options to try, and the menu can change somewhat frequently.

Value - The price for a draft or a bottle is pretty reasonable, and three of us drank lively for two or three hours at no great cost to any of us. The one complaint that some people have is that the price of bottles isn't listed on the menu, but if you're familiar with given styles or breweries then you should know well enough to make an educated guess. Or you could always ask, but that's not as much fun.

04-30-2008 20:37:06 | More by kensuthe
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4.88/5  rDev +9.7%
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